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Ping pong bar the Game shut down after customers attack bouncer

30 October 2015 by

A retro games bar in Earls Court, London, has shut down after bouncers were attacked by customers who refused to end a late-night game of ping pong.

One security worker was said to have suffered a slashed ear, five missing teeth, a black eye and a fractured toe following the brawl on 3 October, as reported by the Evening Standard.

According to police reports another bouncer tried to escape a barrage of flying chairs, bottles and glasses by hiding behind the bar. He fled through a fire escape after the till was ripped out and hurled at him.

Officers were called to the Game in Earls Court Road at 1.15am when a fight started outside. The suspects dispersed but trouble kicked off in the venue when doormen told remaining customers to leave.

Stevie Thomas, 29, said: "We are absolutely gutted that we have had to close through no fault of our own. It was a family business and we have had around 30 staff who have now lost their jobs. It is so disappointing, we did make submissions to the council but there had also been complaints from some neighbours who wanted us out and this incident was the last straw."

A message posted on the bar's Facebook page said: "We regret to inform you that due to a licensing suspension the Game in Earls Court is closed indefinitely. We thank you for all the good times and hope to see you soon in a new location."

According to council documents, the bar has been linked to a series of incidents in the past few months, including a woman who claimed her drink had been spiked and a doorman allegedly being seen kicking an ejected customer into the road.

The Game featured giant Jenga, arcade machines and retro board games alongside a pizza restaurant and bar serving six-pint ‘beer towers' for £55.

Two people have been arrested over the fight on 3 October.

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